Virtually any Bucharest inhabitant can smell that something has burned during the night. This is confirmed by the air quality monitoring platforms such as Airly:
Air pollution in Bucharest (and other places in Romania) is far from being new:
- April 2020: Romania Has Systematically Violated Pollution Norms In Bucharest
- December 2021: Commission decides to refer Romania to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failure to comply with EU clean air and industrial emissions legislation
- February 2022: Bucharest spike in air pollution
I am trying to understand how Romanian authorities still allow this to happen despite the issue being acknowledged in the EU for a couple of years now.
I have checked the infringements proceeding for Romania, but I do not seem to find what I am looking for (infringement related to high pollution in Bucharest, or something encompassing it). The closest I could find is this decision which mentions:
The Commission urges Romania, Greece, and Malta to adopt their first national air pollution control programs and to communicate them to the Commission, as required under Directive (EU) 2016/2284 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants.